I've ridden my new hardtail three times now and am really feeling the need for bar ends. I talked to my LBS and he gave me a few options. Solely for flash, I'm probably going with carbon fiber, even though the aluminum ones are lighter. What the hell, I have nothing really flashy on the bike anyway so why not?
So we start looking through catalogs and I'm shocked at the limited selection. In my day (10 years ago), you couldn't turn around in a bike shop without bumping into a display of bar ends. Purple anodized titanium knurled carbon fiber with 5 different lengths and shapes...everywhere!
Even more shocking, though, was the picture inside the catalog. It showed an obvious cross-country racer riding a bike decked out with Profile carbon fiber...but no bar ends!
So I started looking around more and more and see VERY few bikes with bar ends. They were coming standard on bikes when I was racing and now you don't see them anywhere? What gives?
Other than the weight, what's the reason someone would NOT run bar ends on an XC bike. For that matter, why not run them on a freeride bike? Surely you have to pedal them uphill as well.